Prospective Students

We are glad that you are interested in enrolling in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning! If you join us, you would become part of the 100-plus year history of Illinois urban planning education, and, when you complete your degree, you would join over 2,200 alumni of our BAUP, MUP, and Ph.D. programs. One of the oldest and most highly-regarded urban planning schools in the country, we are currently No. 8 in the Planetizen rankings, the only ranking of urban planning degree programs.

Unlike some of the other top urban planning schools, we offer full-time, residential degree programs. This means that you will work with a cohort of other students during your years here, and it means that you will have ready access to our full-time faculty. We are proud of our sense of community here in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and we invite you to visit us and meet with current students, as well as to explore their profiles on our website.

The education you receive will be top-notch. We offer a strong core of urban planning courses, and a long list of electives. With our faculty strengths in land use planning, community development for social justice, sustainable design, economic development, housing and neighborhood planning, international development, and much more, you are bound to find faculty who match your interests. Our faculty are internationally recognized as leading researchers in their fields, and their cutting-edge expertise infuses all of our courses.

Our classrooms and 24/7 computer lab in Temple Buell Hall (TBH) offer the latest educational technology, including our new cloud software server. The City Planning and Landscape Architecture collection in the Isaac Funk Family Library is one of the best of its kind. If you have the opportunity to visit us, you will appreciate the quality of these spaces, as well as the student amenities in TBH and associated buildings.

You would also be coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an enormous world-class university with countless opportunities, including the university library, computing services, international studies centers, and scores of other disciplinary programs where you can expand your education.

Finally, should you enroll in our PAB-accredited BAUP or MUP program, you will receive an education closely linked to the professional field of planning practice. Through community-based workshop courses, close interaction with a wide variety of current planning professionals, and opportunities for off-campus experiences — including international exchange programs — you will be ready to join the broad professional world of planning, as most of our graduates do.

Explore the information on these pages, come and visit us, and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

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